Translating into practice the recommendations of a safety climate theory-based evaluation of services provided by disability support workers.

Julia Harries, Jerry Ford, Neil Kirby

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    Abstract

    Abstract Disability support workers (DSWs) psychosocial work safety was
    evaluated using a work safety climate measure that included two theoretical components:
    perceptions of management and co-worker safety behaviours and attitudes.
    Based on findings, recommendations were identified to improve DSW safety, with
    seven recommendations translated into practice. Intervention outcomes varied from
    organisation-wide to limited worksite implementation. An 18-month postintervention
    safety climate evaluation with 129 DSWs and 20 interviews showed
    DSWs were significantly less concerned about psychosocial safety hazards, with no
    differences for physical safety hazards. DSWs viewed management safety attitudes
    and behaviours slightly more favourably. Repeated health and well-being measures
    showed fewer DSWs experiencing burnout, more DSWs with health scores at or
    above norms and fewer at risk of depression. Post-intervention findings suggest the
    work safety climate measure with manager and co-worker attitudes components can
    be used with management efforts to address workers’ safety concerns and positively
    impact safety perceptions and well-being.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationApplied Psychology Readings
    Subtitle of host publicationSelected Papers from Singapore Conference on Applied Psychology 2017
    EditorsNan-Tak Leung, Lee-Ming Tan
    Pages263-279
    Number of pages16
    ISBN (Electronic)9789811080340
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2018
    Event2017 Singapore Conference on Applied Psychology (SCAP 2017): Connecting Theory to Practice - Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium, Singapore
    Duration: 29 Jun 201730 Jun 2017

    Conference

    Conference2017 Singapore Conference on Applied Psychology (SCAP 2017)
    Abbreviated title(SCAP 2017)
    CountrySingapore
    Period29/06/1730/06/17

    Keywords

    • Disability Support Workers
    • Evaluation of Services
    • Psychosocial work safety

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